Tenure Track: Assistant Professor Modelling resilience (4TU DeSIRE)

Department/faculty: Faculty Technology, Policy and Management
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
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Salary: 3637 - 4978 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Technology, Policy and Management

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) develops robust models and designs, to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked society. TPM combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences.

Job description

At the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM), we develop robust models and designs to tackle the complex challenges of today’s networked society. We combine insights from engineering with those from the humanities and social sciences to the Comprehensive Engineering paradigm.

Research at the Multi-Actor Systems Department deals with the governance of Comprehensive Engineering. By governance we mean the use of instruments, strategies and structures aimed at designing or changing socio-technical systems, or parts thereof. Our central premise is that there is a tension between the urgency of system change and the options to effect that change. Our domains range from water and energy to transport and humanitarian response.

Interested in conducting excellent research of societal value and contributing to inspiring educational programmes on Resilience Engineering?

The new Assistant Professor will be part of an extensive capacity building programme set-up by the 4TU Centre Resilience Engineering [www.4tu.nl/resilience]. Within this programme of the 4 technical universities of the Netherlands, 16 new tenure track positions are opened at 13 faculties across the 4TU. In a team of top scientist, we will work on concrete resilience challenges for our broad network of partners in policy and practice. We stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration between the 16 tenure trackers, associated scientific staff and public. Ready for the resilience shift?  

Our societies are confronted with a growing number of large-scale disruptions, ranging from extreme weather events to societal inequality. New resilience approaches particularly require empower (new) actors to self-organize and engage, taking on new roles and responsibilities. You will contribute to building the resilient knowledge society by designing critical infrastructures to facilitate resilience in case of large-scale disruptions, including challenges of coordination, time pressure and limited information. This requires a strong background and track-record in modelling and simulation of critical infrastructures or complex systems. These approaches will be applied to program case studies, including Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam in the Netherlands as well as studies from humanitarian disasters. To this end, you will combine modelling and simulation with empirical and research by design approaches.


 Your responsibilities:

  • You perform and initiate top-quality research in fields such as resilience engineering, simulation of critical infrastructure disruptions and complex systems. Your research covers both theoretical depths and applications.

  • You establish and execute an externally-funded research,

  • You teach at undergraduate and post-graduate levels

  • You make a contribution to the success of the DeSIRE program by actively collaborating with other researchers.

About yourself:

  • You are an internationally acknowledged scientific researcher, evidenced by publications in academic journals

  • You have experience in the acquisition of external funding and have an entrepreneurial mindset

  • You like coaching and supervising MSc and PhD students, and you have the ability to provide inspiring education

  • You thrive in a collaborative and inter-disciplinary environment

  • You bring experience in modeling of infrastructures, resilience, or humanitarian disasters. Experience in empirical research in multi-actor settings is advantag

Conditions of employment

At the start of the tenure-track you will be appointed as Assistant Professor for the duration of six years. Section leader, department leaders and you will agree upon expected performance and development of skills. You will receive formal feedback on performance and skills during annual assessment meetings and the mid-term evaluation. If the performance and skills are evaluated positigely at the end of the tenure track, you will be appointed in a permanent position.

  • Starting salary between €3.637,- to 4978- gross per month based on your experience;

  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;

  • A solid pension scheme;

  • Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave;

  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;

  • Professional and personal improvement programs, including mentoring;

  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly supported;

  • Discount of health insurance, sport memberships;

  • A monthly work costs contribution;

  • Flexible work schedules can be arranged;

  • An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school;

  • Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, nation origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

TU Delft sets specific standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. TU Delft offers training to improve English competency.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. If you have less than five years of experience and do not yet have your teaching certificate, we allow you up to three years to obtain this.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Tina Comes, e-mail: t.comes@tudelft.nl

For more information, also about the other positions within DeSIRE, check out this page: https://www.academictransfer.com/en/employer/4TU/resilience-engineering-desire

To apply, please send a letter of application along with a curriculum vitae and a personal research and teaching statement (max. 3 pages), as well as a list of publications, link to or electronic copies of three key publications, and the names of at least three references mentioning your relation to them. Please send your application information in one single PDF entitled Lastname_ TPM18.020.pdf.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Faculty Technology, Policy and Management
Working hours
38.0 hours weekly
3637 - 4978 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Dec. 1, 2018
Vacancy nr.
ATTBM 18.020


For more information about this job, please contact Tina Comes.

E t.comes@tudelft.nl

For more information about the application procedure, please contact:

E vacature-tbm@tudelft.nl